If you’re a high roller with the cash to splash, these gadgets are worth their weight in gold. Jenneth Orantia explores the life-changing luxe side of technology.
Focal Utopia by Tournaire
French hi-fi specialist Focal has partnered with Tournaire Jewellers to create the world’s most expensive headgear. These hedonistic headphones boast handcrafted 18 carat gold cans mounted with six carats of diamonds. The regular Focal Utopia headphones go for about $4,000, so you’re paying extra for the overwhelming bling. While you’re shelling out this much coin for something that lets you listen to your favourite Taylor Swift tracks in private, you may as well spring for the tailor-made headphone stand, which will set you back another US$12,000.
Samsung Series 9 88-inch Q9
Samsung’s latest top-of-the-range TV is practically a bargain compared to some, and at 88” could fit in most average-sized spaces. The Q9 boasts Samsung’s QLED technology (a competitor to the OLED displays found in rival brands), which uses quantum dot technology to deliver astounding colour, contrast and brightness. One of the cool party tricks up its sleeve is “ambient mode”, which makes the TV look like a hanging picture frame by mimicking the background behind it whenever it’s switched off. You can also make the most of the Q9 in standby mode by configuring it to display the news headlines, weather and your own photo gallery.
Action cameras have always been about the cheap, cheerful yet incredibly rugged form factors, but if you’re a base jumper or cliff diver with deeper pockets, you should really look to the new GoPro Fusion for filming your next adventure. It takes your footage to the next dimension, literally, recording highly detailed 360° videos that will plunge your viewers head-first into the action. The beauty of the Fusion is how simple it is to use. Stick it on your helmet, surfboard or wherever you’d normally put your GoPro and begin filming. It’s still just as robust as your regular GoPro, too.
This one’s for the die-hard gamers. The elite 8Pack OrionX makes your current computer, no matter how spec’d up, look like a pocket calculator. Sure, you’ll have to get a second mortgage on your house to get your hands on one, but the upside is that Call of Duty 4 never played so buttery smooth. The OrionX is actually two gaming desktop PCs in one, designed by a gamer in the UK called Ian “8Pack” Parry, who’ll personally build this system for you. The chassis looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, and it’s worth noting that the price is for the PC only — the monitors, keyboard and mouse need to be sourced separately.
Leica M-P (Typ 240) Titanium Set
When you’re trying to decide between a new car and a digital camera, you know you’re playing a totally different ball game. Leica cameras have always been the most expensive rangefinder, but the limited edition M-P Titanium Set really takes the cake. It boasts a solid titanium build, full grain leather body trim, handgrip and carrying strap and two high quality lenses — the Summicron-M 28mm f2 and APO-Summicron-M 50mm f2, which have been treated with
a titanium anodised finish to perfectly match the camera. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this camera is worth a thousand bucks (or more).
Brikk Lux iPhone X Royal Jade Edition
from US$44,995 brikk.com
If the iPhone X wasn’t expensive enough, the folks at Brikk have taken things to obscene heights with the Lux iPhone X Royal Jade Edition. With a starting price equivalent to a house deposit, you can choose from a variety of jade stones to decorate the rear of the device, from tri-coloured green, orange and lavender jade on white to a nearly imperial jade of almost pure green. With the most expensive option setting you back a whopping US$3 million, you definitely don’t want to drop this one!
Apple Watch Hermès
You don’t need to look abroad to find luxury gadgets — your nearest Apple store already stocks the top-of-the-range Apple Watch Hermès. This model takes the core Apple Watch 3 GPS + Cellular with a stainless steel case model (which sells for $919) and adds more than $1,000 on top for the privilege of receiving it in a fancy Hermès box with special leather and sports bands. It also comes with an exclusive Hermès digital watch face that the regular Apple Watch-wearing plebs don’t have access to.
US$1.7 million titanscreens.com
Just the thing to complete the rumpus room in your swanky, multimillion-dollar bachelor pad, the Titan Zeus is a behemoth of a TV, measuring in at 370” and weighing nearly a tonne. For the privilege of calling this sweet screen your own, you can expect to pay upwards of two million Aussie dollars — and that’s before you figure out how much it would cost to ship this beast over from the UK. If it’s any consolation, the Zeus supports 4K, so you’ll be able to enjoy the content available in this resolution (including Netflix, Stan and YouTube) — assuming your Internet connection is fast enough to support 4K streaming, of course!
Apple iMac Pro
While the base model iMac Pro starts at $7,299 — which, let’s be honest, is already pretty pricey — configuring it up to the most expensive specs raises this to an eye-watering $21.5K. This includes the latest 2.3GHz 18-Core Intel Xeon W processor, 128GB of RAM, a 4 terabyte SSD and Apple’s premium production editing software. It’s overkill if you mainly use your desktop computer for social media, but creative professionals may be able to justify the expense.
Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS
If five figures for a smartphone is a bit too rich for your blood, set your sights a little lower with the Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS. While Australian pricing is yet to be announced, European pricing has been set at €2095, which works out to about AU$3330. You won’t get any diamond-encrusted frames or ostrich leather backplates here, but you will get blazingly fast performance consistent with its German sportscar namesake. The Porsche Design Mate RS also boasts a few world firsts: triple cameras on the rear with a whopping 40-megapixel lens, dual fingerprint ID on the front and back of the device which lets you launch different user profiles, and a gigantic 512GB of built-in storage.
Sony RX1R II
Don’t let its small size fool you — this pint-sized shooter is packing more heat than a much larger digital SLR camera, including a 42.4-megapixel 35mm full frame sensor, a retractable electronic viewfinder and a tiltable LCD screen. It also boasts an incredibly fast auto-focus system, with 399 phase detection points that ensure you get a pin-sharp image no matter how fast your subject is passing through the frame. To the untrained eye, you may look like you’re snapping a quick shot with your compact, but you’re actually taking photos worthy of the National Geographic.